An blog by a member of the Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, to explore the nexus between contemplation and resistance. "The Christian must discover in contemplation, and in the giving of his life, those symbolic actions which will ignite the people's faith to resist injustice with their whole lives, lives coming together as a united force of truth and thus releasing the liberating power of the God within them." - James Douglass, Contemplation and Resistance.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Hope is Thick in the Air.
"The mighty are only mighty because we are on our knees. Let us rise!" - Camille Desmoulins
"Army Spc. Eleonai 'Eli' Israel was stationed at Camp Victory in Baghdad when he told his commanding officers June 19 that he would no longer participate in the illegal and unjust U.S. war on Iraq. 'We are now violating the people of this country in ways that we would never accept on our own soil,' said Eli.
Support Eli by going to http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/ and making a donation. Make hope fold a little thicker around us by defying the mighty on their thrones, as Mary did when she proclaimed the greatness of the Lord. Let the voice of John of Damascene rise with the voices of those who have put an end to killing in their hearts.
In the words of Kenneth Rexroth, "There was a similar movement amongst the Humanists of the early sixteenth century, contemporary with the Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation. They attempted to develop a social philosophy based on the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, Clement of Alexandria, John of Damascus and similar thinkers. Its basic concept was the establishment of a community of love encompassing all of society and having as its final end the divinization of the world. These words are John Damascene's. They are also Teilhard de Chardin's. They are also Karl Rahner's. They are also St. Thomas More's." This movement continues into our day through the voice of liberation theology, the voice of the poor rising into the conscience of the Church. Make a pledge to carry out an act of resistance each day to the glory of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.